Election night results reporting bill passes Assembly
June 21st, 2012
The Assembly passed member Brian Kavanagh’s Election Night Poll Procedure Act today – a bill that would allow the state Board of Elections to use modern techniques and digital data to tally un-official results on election night.
The current process involves time consuming hand counts that produce unreliable results.
“Public confidence in our elections is eroded when we can’t say with any confidence what the results are until long after the voters have spoken, and when the numbers change as clerical errors are uncovered days after the election,” said Kavanagh. “This bill will improve the integrity, accuracy and speed of this process and take advantage of the best features of the new voting machines.”
The bill’s fate in the Senate was not clear at the time of writing. The bill is sponsored in that chamber by Sen. Martin Golden. The bill may have a good chance of passing both houses. The New York City Council, the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a number of good government groups are backing it.By David King on June 21, 2012, 6:37 pm
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